Looking back at the 14th edition of the Spa Summer Classic

Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c) Trevor Noble
Roadbook events is a name that for many of you may not make ring a bell. The name Spa Summer Classic and Spa Six Hours however brings smiles to the faces of classic car fans. And yes, Roadbook events is responsible for both of them. Last June, the 14th edition of the Spa Summer Classic took place. And just as it was in previous years, the 2022 edition of Spa Summer Classic brought a multitude of races on the Spa-Francorchamps Track. Over 500 participants from all over Europe joined the fun in this year’s Spa Summer Classic.
 
Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c) Guus Docen
Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c) Guus Docen

The participants entered races for GTs and Touring Cars from the 1960s up to the 1980s.  Single seaters from the 1960s and 1970s were represented too. Next to that, a Caterham race and a race for Youngtimers until the early 2000s, and of course the Saturday-evening 3-hour endurance race for Touring Cars and GTs from before 1976 made the event complete.  

Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c) Trevor Noble
Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c) Trevor Noble
 
Weather is always very unpredictable at Spa-Francorchamps, and nothing else was the truth this year. Extreme weather conditions, with heavy rain showers and thunderstorms, as well as temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius were the part of the drivers. Luckily, the weather gods were in a good mood during the highlight of the event.  69 cars took a start in the Spa 3 hours endurance race just before 7 PM on Saturday evening. Sunshine covered the race track, and that allowed the drivers to start the race without race tires.
Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c)
Spa Summer Classic 2022 (c) Trevor Noble

The dry weather allowed a fast pace for the Shelby Cobra of Fred Bouvy/Christophe van Riet who started in pole, followed by the Lotus Elan of Graham Wilson/David Pittard. Lars Rolner and Pierre-Alain Thibaut started 3rd in their Porsche 911 3.0 RS.  They managed to take the lead for a short time, but in the end the Shelby Cobra that started the race in pole finished first. The Jaguar E-type of Sauter/Newall finished second ahead of the Porsche of Rolner/Thibaut.

 
Next event by Roadbook Events will be the Spa Six Hours race in September. You better book your hotel now as that promises to be another highlight of 2022.                                                    

Picture Gallery Spa Summer Classic 2022

Pictures courtesy Trevor Noble and Guus Docen

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